A recent report from the Council on Foreign Relations says that more than 25,000 Nigerians have been killed in the last four years by Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, the Islamic State, and other militant groups.
Other groups have noticed the ongoing slaughter, too, Open Doors USA, an organization whose World Watch List ranks countries where Christians experience the most persecution, documented almost 4,000 people killed last year alone. That’s likely lowballing it, too; the list only uses names of Christians whose deaths can be verified. The real numbers are probably even higher.
“We believe it’s tipping into the point where we need to start talking about determining whether or not this is a genocide against Christians in Nigeria,” says David Curry of Open Doors. The United Nations legally defines genocide as any action “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group,” and the extremist groups in Nigeria are not shy about their intent to do exactly that.
“The Fulani and Boko Haram and ISIS, they’re not denying that they’re out to get Christians and eliminate Christian faith in the north,” Curry says.
Each of these three groups identifies with extremist ideology and anti-Christian sentiments. Unlike some regions where Christians might have to avoid one terrorist group, Nigerians have to worry about at least these three, especially the Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt